KDE Plasma 5.1 & KF5.3 For Fedora

The Fedora KDE SIG has put out new packages for the recent releases of KDE Frameworks 5.3 and KDE Plasma 5.1…

Clover Native Object Code Lands In Mesa

AMD’s patches to add support to compiling to native object code for the “Clover” OpenCL state tracker in Mesa’s Gallium3D and for the Radeon Gallium3D driver to take advantage of this functionality, has landed…

Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available…

Debian Is Back To Discussing Init Systems, Freedom of Choice

The init system discussion is back on in the Debian camp… A vote will be taking place in two weeks to look at preserving the “freedom of choice of init systems.”..

LibreOffice Conference 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, from September 23 to September 25, 2015

Aarhus WaterfrontBerlin, October 17, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the LibreOffice Conference 2015 will be jointly organized by the Danish LibreOffice community in collaboration with local F/OSS groups and the Aarhus municipality, and hosted at the brand new Urban Media Space, from September 23 to September 25, 2015.

In addition, on September 22 the LibreOffice community will gather for several face-to-face meetings: Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Engineering Steering Committee, and Certification Committee.

Aarhus is a city of education, knowledge and research. Its university is internationally recognized for its contributions within, among other fields, social sciences, technology and science. Aarhus is known to attract talented students from around the world which also provides the city with a great diversity.

“Hosting the LibreOffice Conference will be an exciting opportunity for the entire Danish free software community”, says Leif Lodahl, a long time leader of the Danish LibreOffice community, a founder of The Document Foundation, and the architect of several large migration projects to LibreOffice. “We are looking forward to welcoming LibreOffice volunteers and advocates from every corner of the world”.

Support The Document Foundation

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to strengthen the foundation, support development related activities such as QA and localization, expand the infrastructure, and accelerate marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

Distribution Release: Tails 1.2

Tails 1.2 has been released. Tails is a Debian-based live distribution developed with the goal of preserving privacy and anonymity of users on the Internet. From the release announcement: “Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2, is out. This release fixes numerous security issues and all users….

TIL Ubuntu Sees iPhones, iPads as USB Mass Storage Devices, Windows & Mac OS Don’t

Apple products are known to behave very unfriendly when they are simply connected to a PC or Mac OS X and they usually require iTunes or some surrogate to transfer files. Fortunately, on Ubuntu things are a little bit different and they are mounted as drives.

Users who have Apple products know that you can’t treat them the way you treat 99% of the rest of the devices, meaning you can’t just plug them in and expect them to work. If you are on a Windows machine or even on a Mac OS X, you won’t … (read more)

Leave No Trace Online or Offline with the Tails 1.2 Linux-Based OS

Tails, or The Amnesic Incognito Live System, is a Linux distribution that has a single purpose, to protect its users from prying eyes and to insure total anonymity, whether online or offline.

Tails is, above all else, a Linux distribution and is based on Debian. It shares some of the characteristics of the Linux base, but it integrates a unique collection of applications that are available for users who want to remain anonymous.

For this purpose, the OS has cryptographic tools that allow peo… (read more)

CrossOver Linux 14.0 Officially Supports Blizzard’s Hearthstone

CrossOver Linux, an application based on Wine that allows users to install popular Windows applications and PC games on a Linux computer, has been updated to version 14.0 and brings support for a lot of new software.

CrossOver is using Wine as a base, but many developers are working on both projects. Wine is a more hands-on approach to using Windows apps and games and requires a little more effort from users, but it also provides all the latest improvements. CrossOver, on the other hand, is a… (read more)

Calibre eBook Editor and Viewer Brings Support for New Kobo Devices

Calibre, a powerful and complex eBook viewer, editor, and converter, has been updated again by its developer and a number of new features have been added to the application.

It’s been a couple of weeks since the previous update, so the developer had more than enough time to make some important changes and improvements to the application. Users will find that there are a host of new features now available, but some smaller issues and other bugs have been corrected as well.

Calibre is a very c… (read more)

Right Side of History, Fedora 21 Looking Good, and KWayland

In a bit of a slow news day today we still found out that Fedora 21 is looking good. Jim Zemlin says "Linux is on the right side of history" and The Document Foundation says, "Thanks" for the all the cool dough. In other news, Jack Wallen tries to make sense of Ubuntu release cycles and how it effects older machines. And finally today, Martin Gräßlin introduces KWayland. Fedora 21 is shaping up quite nicely according to Michael Larabel at Phoronix,com. It’s still in development, but already it’s getting positive reviews. Larabel says it’s "shaping up to be the best Fedora release" ever. He’s running the development version on a few machines and says they’re all running "solid." He likes GNOME 3.14 and says if Fedora keeps this up it just might be replacing Ubuntu as his main system. The Inquirer.net snagged an interview with The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin. They asked why some folks get "so positively evangelical" about Linux, to which Zemlin replied: One of the things about Linux that’s so interesting is that it’s an opportunity to do things that fundamentally make people happy – the act of sharing, the act of creating, being a part of

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Distribution Release: SELKS 1.0

Peter Manev has announced the release of SELKS 1.0, the inaugural version from the project developing a specialist Debian-based distribution that ships with a variety of pre-configured network security management tools: “Stamus Networks is proud to announce the availability of the SELKS 1.0 stable release. SELKS is both….

Wine 1.7.29 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.29 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Support for shaping and BiDi mirroring in DirectWrite.
  • Some page fault handling fixes.
  • A few more C runtime functions.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

For Gentoo Linux Initiates, Iron Penguin May Be Too Heavy

Gentoo Linux can be either an experienced Linux user’s ideal desktop choice or a new user’s worst computing nightmare. I am not talking about being new to the Linux OS. I mean just plain and simple new to Gentoo Linux. The Linux OS has many dozens of specialized distributions. Many of them are easy to install and need only a few settings adjustments to perform as desired. Some distros, however, can be a bit more challenging to master. Gentoo Linux is very easy If you don’t go beyond the live session in the most recent Iron Penguin release.

How to Install MariaDB in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

MariaDB is a Open Source database Server & It is 100 % compatible with MySQL, drop-in replacement to MySQL database server.


Distribution Release: IPFire 2.15 Core 84

Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.15 Core 84, a new stable release of the specialist distribution designed for firewalls: “This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.15 Core Update 84. This is a release that fixes some security issues in the GNU Bash package….

Development: New feature proposals period end

Hello all,

New feature proposals period end

For more information about 3.15, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.15


For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:



BTS Video 122 – Halloween Event

Join us – if you dare – for details of this year’s RuneScape Halloween event – Death’s Door – in our latest Behind the Scenes video.

0 A.D. Alpha 17 – Big Changes, Speed Up Ubuntu Installation

0 A.D. is a free, open-source real-time strategy game which takes place approximately between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., with beautiful 3D graphics, 12 different civilizations, and a gamestyle which is very similar to the one of Age of Empires, but also incorporating new elements as well.


Firefox 33 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Canonical has updated the Firefox packages in the repositories for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The users who have this application installed should receive the latest Firefox 33 update.

It usually takes Ubuntu maintainers about two days to push a new Firefox release into the repositories and now the version 33 of the Internet browser from Mozilla has landed in the repositories.

“Bobby Holley, Christian Holler, David Bolter, Byron Campen, Jon Coppeard, Carsten Book, Martijn Wargers… (read more)